Buttondown

Buttondown vs. Sendfox

Sendfox is affordable, but its polish and featureset pales in comparison to Buttondown.

Sendfox is a tool by the folks at AppSumo that's focused mostly for existing customers. If you're looking for a barebones tool that allows you to segment your list and create some basic automations while staying within the AppSumo, Sendfox may be the tool for you.

However, it lacks a lot of the major features you may be looking for in a newsletter, like support for archives, scheduling, paid subscriptions, or advanced analytics.

Buttondown doesn't block its polished editor behind a $49 fee, because I think the most important part about building a newsletter is the writing process. If you're looking for a newsletter tool that can handle your workload while being easy to integrate with, Buttondown is the tool for you!

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Feature Buttondown Sendfox
Analytics Dive into individual email performance, client information, and more
First-party API Everything you can do on Buttondown's interface, you can also do with our REST-ful API.
Free for your first thousand subscribers Because it shouldn't take a credit card to get a newsletter off the ground.
Free archives Because sometimes you don't want your newsletters to disappear into the ether.
Embeddable widget Have your own personal site? We'll hook you up with the code.
Markdown support Buttondown also supports HTML and good old fashioned plain text: whatever your preference is!
Drag and drop image uploading Images are uploaded quickly and securely.
Email scheduling Write an email on Thursday and send it out on Friday; queue up an entire month's worth of letters.
Free RSS support I mean, some people _really_ like RSS.
Clean, usable design Design is more than just how it looks, and Buttondown is designed top to bottom to make it easy to use.
Smart embeds Embed tweets, Youtube videos, and more just by dropping in the link.
Autosaving Never worry about accidentally closing a tab ever again.
Paid subscriptions Buttondown makes it easy and painless for you to get paid for your newsletters. Want to have a free tier? That's possible, too!
Third-party integrations Setting up your Buttondown account to work with Zapier, IFTTT, Weebly, Squarespace, Ghost, and more.
Privacy-first Buttondown is GDPR-compliant — and then some. I don't collect any data about you (or your subscribers), and you can turn off pixel tracking and link tracking with a click of a button.
Multiple newsletters Want to run more than one newsletter from the same account? Buttondown's got you covered.

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